PORTLAND -- TriMet has given Portlanders the chance to name the new transit bridge over the Willamette River, and among the popular choices are a street musician, a woman who worked to help women vote in Oregon, and a fictional 8-year-old genius.
Reeves was a Portland street musician and entertainer who spent much of his time on the ramp to the Hawthorne Bridge eastbound, playing his trumpet for passersby in his trademark Mickey Mouse ears and white tux.
Reeves took his own life about a year ago. Proponents of the name suggest a Kirk Reeves bridge would bring attention to, and perhaps help eradicate, the suicide problem in Portland.
Video essay: Street performer Kirk Reeves
A few weeks later, another Facebook page was created in support of The Abigail Bridge, in honor of Abigail Scott Duniway. Duniway fought to ensure that women in Oregon could vote.
Bridges in the Portland Metro area have been named after pioneers, businessmen, politicians and the material from which they were made. But none has been named for a woman.
Portland commissioner Steve Novick turned some heads when he recently said that a bridge should be named for the first time in Portland history after a cartoon character.
In a post at BlueOregon.com, Novick noted that his first choice was a real person, novelist Ursula LeGuin. But he then decided to go with the most prominent environmentalist with Portland roots : Lisa Simpson.
Submissions are being accepted on the TriMet web site until Dec. 1. TriMet has not released any results thus far. The first committee to select possible bridge names will get together in early 2014; public input on the finalists will be allowed from mid-January until March 1, 2014.